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Jamie Carragher makes Liverpool and Manchester United comparison after FA Cup final shock

Jamie Carragher before the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United
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Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool and Manchester United are the two most successful clubs in England for good reason, with both teams able to win trophies even in difficult moments.

United secured an unlikely FA Cup triumph on Saturday afternoon after beating Manchester City 2-1 at Wembley, despite being the heavy underdogs going into the match.

This represented a second piece of silverware for Erik ten Hag since his appointment two years ago, having guided the club to the Carabao Cup last season.

Both of these trophies have been won during a turbulent time for the Red Devils, which has seen them lag further behind their rivals as they continue to search for a winning formula that has been missing ever since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson a decade ago.

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Pointing out the similarity United and Liverpool have in common after watching United win at Wembley, Carragher tweeted: "Manchester United & Liverpool are the two most successful clubs in England. They are not always the best BUT……they both have an ability to continually win trophies when the odds are stacked against them - #findawaytowin."

Liverpool's most famous cup victory with "the odds stacked against them" was of course the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan, which saw the Reds miraculously fight back from being 3-0 down at half-time to clinch a fifth European Cup.

Rafael Benitez's men had finished fifth in the Premier League that season and were up against a star-studded Milan side featuring the likes of Kaka, Paulo Maldini and Andrea Pirlo.

Describing how he felt at half-time of this match, Carragher once remarked: “I remember coming down (at half-time) with my head down and you’re almost embarrassed to look up. You didn’t even look at your team-mates.

“This is the biggest game of your life and you’re not going to play a bigger one, probably for the rest of your career. And in 45 minutes you’re not losing you’re being embarrassed with the whole world watching. If you lose 3, 4, 5-0 you can’t even enjoy what you’ve done before.

“'We could break a record here', that’s what I’m thinking walking off. If you watch the game back again, they look like they’re going to score a fourth before we score our first. If you’d have offered me 3-0 or 3-1, I may have took it."